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Signs of a Diabetic Emergency

Last updated 3 years ago

For diabetic individuals, blood glucose maintenance is a daily need. When blood glucose is too high or too low, it can lead to extensive and potentially life-threatening complications. Should you have any questions regarding how to respond to a diabetic emergency, the Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral system at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can help you recognize common warning signs and symptoms.


Hypoglycemia is a condition that occurs when the body has too little blood glucose. Blood glucose provides the cells of the body with energy so that they can perform their necessary functions. Without enough of it, diabetic individuals may display evident signs of exhaustion or wooziness. Some people may also begin to shake or suffer from seizures. This condition can impact the mood of sufferers as well. Loved ones may notice angry outbursts or bouts of unhappiness from sufferers. Advanced hypoglycemia may also lead to sudden deteriorating eyesight or heart palpitations. Before complications lead to more serious side effects such as loss of consciousness, sufferers should be directed to eat a simple carbohydrate snack to return their blood glucose levels to a normal state.


Hyperglycemia is the opposite of hypoglycemia. Individuals suffering from it have too much blood glucose in their bloodstreams. Normally, the hormone insulin helps the body move blood glucose from the bloodstream into the cells. However, diabetic individuals either produce too little insulin, or their bodies cannot utilize it properly.  In many cases, individuals suffering from hyperglycemia may complain of incessant thirst. They may also make more frequent trips to the bathroom to urinate. Both signs point to a need to stabilize blood glucose levels. Physical activity as advised by a physician can typically restore blood glucose to a healthy balance. In instances where either hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia persists, individuals should seek immediate professional assistance.

Do you or a loved one have diabetes? Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can help you learn how to maintain healthy blood glucose levels and avoid other diabetic complications. To learn more about diabetes and its management, call our Hudson hospital at (888) 741-5119.


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